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Feb 13, 2014 digitalwitch commented on Facebook Debuts New Gender Terms and Pronouns.
Thanks for the list, @1. Kudos to Facebook for including cis-qualified genders and not just trans-qualified genders.

@8: Singular they has been a part of the English language for centuries.…
Jan 28, 2014 digitalwitch commented on President Obama to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10/Hour for 250,000 Federal Contract Workers.
According to the article, the order only applies to new or renegotiated contracts for federal workers. That seems well within the bounds of Executive authority.
Oct 21, 2013 digitalwitch commented on Asexuality Conquers Japan!.
@6: This is an unusually high percentage (relative to other countries/cultures), which suggests there is something going on. Maybe Japanese people are better able express their true feelings, or maybe cultural forces are pushing people apart. There are some fascinating gender dynamics present in Japanese society - for example, significant gender segregation even through high school, college, and adulthood, and tremendous pressures on young women to quit their jobs, get married, and crank out children. Given that, it seems reasonable to question whether the reported feelings are an effect of external social forces.
Sep 28, 2013 digitalwitch commented on Apple Patents Way for Authors to "Autograph" E-Books.
Autographs are one of the few reasons I will still occasionally purchase a hardcover book, even if I already have it on my Kindle.

@2: For me, the autograph is a memento; it is a reminder of that time I got to meet the author and talk with them about their work. I would never pay for an autograph I did not receive myself - it would just be a meaningless scribble.
Sep 19, 2013 digitalwitch commented on Another Letter to Sally Clark.
I just left a message with her office, and was told she is currently "drafting a response." I'm looking forward to some truly excellent linguistic contortions.
Aug 15, 2013 digitalwitch commented on Morning News: Egypt, Bullets, Bad Jokes, and Doritos.
Someone tell me again why a convicted rapist is back on the streets one year later?
Jul 18, 2013 digitalwitch commented on Morning News: A Standoff, a Sad Tradition, a Peeing Policeman, and Technical Difficulties.
Yes, WaPo, I am sure SO MANY of those 7 million Americans with two jobs are earning $10 an hour and managing 55 hours a week.
Jul 17, 2013 digitalwitch commented on Mary-Louise Parker Is Quitting Acting Because of the Internet.
@32: Sure, she shouldn't care. But she's a human being. Not all of us are very good at shrugging off the sort of negative personal attacks you see every day online. If you read the original article, you'll find that she is trying to protect her daughter from this as well.

@34: She is not quitting working, she is leaving one career (acting) and continuing another (writing). Read the article.

Regardless, privilege has nothing to do with any of this. Just as anonymous jerks have every right to spew their ugliness all over the internet, she has every right to object to that ugliness, and to protect herself and her family from it. Her race and class privilege in no way erases those rights. If anything, she is using her privileged position to decry behavior that harms everyone, regardless of class, race, gender, etc.
Jul 17, 2013 digitalwitch commented on Mary-Louise Parker Is Quitting Acting Because of the Internet.
@10, 20 and others: do you honestly believe she is complaining about negative constructive criticism? I guarantee you that this is driven by the mountain of horribly, frighteningly sexist and misogynist insults thrown at any woman who dares to enter the public eye. Even in this thread you have people dismissing this because she's just not hot enough for them.
Jun 28, 2013 digitalwitch commented on What Now?.
+1 for Trans-inclusive ENDA.